I feel like a bit of a scavenger when I usurp a piece of music from, say, a file sharing platform, and share it without being in possession of a physical copy myself. Then again, I'm usually getting it for free, and passing it along to you likewise, so maybe I'm just...blathering. The Pterodactyls ep is a case in point, so I'd be remiss if I didn't thank whomever went to the trouble of digitizing this utterly scarce record. The tiny label responsible for it, Meltdown, was based in Palmerston North, on the northern island of New Zealand.
This clangy, post-punk quartet tracked their entire ep in one day in 1987 in Auckland. It sounds like some degree of local cross-pollination was at hand here, and it wouldn't be unwise to suspect the Pterodactyls may have been keen on the Bats and Tall Dwarfs, not to mention some other winged clergy on the Flying Nun roster. It would have been really interesting to see where these lads might have taken things on subsequent releases, but I think this was their sole outing. Brief as their catalog was, you'd be wise to console yourself with the poignantly melodic "Germs," We've Done It Now's should-have-been greatest hit.
BTW, Meltdown Records was home to a couple of other bands whose records (or at the very least, MP3s) I'm anxious to get a hold of. If anyone can tip me off to such long lost Kiwis as Three Leaning Men and the Remarkables, by all means get in touch! You'll be rewarded handsomely for your efforts.
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